Dr. Shakil Afridi, the physician turned CIA asset who was instrumental in determining the location and identity of Usama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, is hailed as a hero in the eyes of American officials. But to the Pakistan’s top brass, he remains a criminal traitor who is likely to spend many more years behind bars, with authorities standing firm against any U.S. diplomatic endeavors to have him released.
“Dr. Afridi is in detention for violating the laws of the country,” Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told Fox News during a discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Wednesday. “He was violating many laws in the country, and we have to uphold the laws.”
The newly installed country leader, who took the helm just last month following the ouster of Nawaz Sharif over corruption allegations, doubled down that Afridi’s job was to be a “practitioner in a polio program” and any knowledge he may have learned regarding Usama bin Laden’s whereabouts should have been turned over the Pakistani government.
“We certainly didn’t have knowledge of Usama being there,” Abbasi insisted.
He also denied speculation that Afridi was in poor health condition while languishing behind bars.
The 54-year-old played a crucial role leading up to the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL raid that…